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    Hurra for Fosen!

    Re: The converted interiors:
    I hope that the result will be better than the renderings. The new interiors look like a catastrophe to me.
    Regards; Sigve.
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    IF I WIN IN LOTTO, I COULD GO EVERYWHERE. WITH FRAM....

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      I love the rendering from the panorama lounge and also the cabin looks great, but the restaurant is not in my taste.

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        Good news for environmentalists and those who like peace and quiet: http://www.smp.no/nyheter/2015/12/02...e-11875214.ece
        Bad news for those who like the smell and noise of diesel engines.

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        • pakarang
          pakarang commented
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          Just to quote for the non-Norwegian speaking, the article states that Hurtigruten is considdering a future ship to be battery / hybrid powered.

        • ombugge
          ombugge commented
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          I count on Google Translate to get the drift of it. (Sometime with hilarious interludes)

        In Aalesund Hurtigruten will soon be back at it's traditional berth at Skansekaia.

        Here is what it looks like there today:


        The back entrance:

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        Dear friends...

        I recently browsed vimeo.com for Hurtigruten videos and there are actually quite a few:

        https://vimeo.com/search?q=Hurtigruten

        I particularly love this one:

        https://vimeo.com/121879358
        With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

        Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
        Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com
        Old forum: http://captainsvoyage.7.forumer.com/
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          Hurtigruten doing their thing for the environment: http://www.smp.no/ntb/innenriks/2016...m-12035827.ece
          One more thing to do on a short stop. I hope they remember to disconnect on departure.

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            Another ode to Hurtigruten, this time presented by CNN: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/14/tr...&iref=obinsite

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              I don't know if any of this is news to the Hurtigruten affectionados here on CVF, but some of it is news to me: http://www.travelpulse.com/news/crui...expansion.html

              And for the art lovers among CVF members and guests: http://www.travelpulse.com/news/crui...d-history.html

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              • nari
                nari commented
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                With the numbers of vessels now in Hurtigruten's books, it will possibly mean a demise for the traditional exploring ships like those of Aurora Expeditions and other similar companies. In fact Aurora may already have ceased to exist -I haven't seen any travel brochures for some time. However, competition is what the game is all about and may the best man company win out.

              • Sigve
                Sigve commented
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                "....Then in 2017, the Explorer Program will expand from two to four ships embarking on expedition cruises;....."

                Well, then they have to order some new ships, since 11 of the excisting are busy along the coast, on contract with the norwegian state?

              • Sarnia
                Sarnia commented
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                From what I have seen of the 2017 program, my understanding is that those four ships are Fram, Midnatsol, Spitsbergen and Nordstjernen. The four ships will all sail expedition trips in 2017, covering the destinations mentionned in the article, but not at the same time, so for me this is a bit of a stretch of reality.

              Will Hurtigruten be at the new terminal i Aalesund, or will it be calling at Flatholmen?? : http://www.smp.no/nyheter/alesundogo...m-12184293.ece
              I think this is a ridicules argument, but when it comes to money everything is likewise.
              Last edited by ombugge; February 21st, 2016, 09:08.

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              • ombugge
                ombugge commented
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                It is not only Aalesund Havn and Hurtigruten that will loose money if Hurtigruten call at the industrial port at Flatholmen.
                Even if there are free bus transport to/from town, fewer will leave the ship to explore the town, when they cannot just step off the ship and be in the center of town in a few minutes as now.
                Those who have not done their "homework", and/or have some special interest in the Aalesund architecture, is even less likely to do so when they see the depressing area around the ship.

                That means less sales for shops, cafes, tour guides and others that cater to the Hurtigruten passengers. Maybe not a lot, but it helps keeping a bit of "life" in the town area, which is loosing local business to the shopping malls at Moa.

                Yes it is possible to walk to town on the north side of Aksla, either along the regular road to Skansekaia, or by the walking track known as "Borgerne's Vei", which ends up in the park, below the steps to Fjellstua, but how many will do so, or even know that it is possible?

                I can agree that NOK 1,200/day is a lot for that waiting room and a relatively small storage area, even if it includes services.
                Let's hope that this illogical dispute can be settled amicably by 1. March.

              • Ralf__
                Ralf__ commented
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                Right now i am giving some advices to friends, who will due a roundtrip on Kong Harald in autumn. When the ships are visiting the fjords, the visit time in Alesund is shortened very much in comparison to the winter schedule, when the Alesund visit is for sure one of the most attractive of the whole trip. So this new idea means cancelling the town walks in summer. So the city authorities should really think about it! In m< opinion, the stop in Alesund during the summer schedule even today is too short.

              • ombugge
                ombugge commented
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                A bit more background to the dispute: http://www.smp.no/nyheter/alesundogo...a-12202460.ece

              Hurtigruten had it's best economic result ever last year: http://www.smp.no/nyheter/2016/02/25...n-12202406.ece

              How long before the new owners sell out to take profit from their purchase?

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              • micctoh
                micctoh commented
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                A hello to all in this forum !

                Norwegians in this forum will be laughing at the temerity of an outsider to
                comment on the state of the Hurtigruten vs Norwegian Ports.
                A possible new Norwegian Saga :
                From an outsider point of view: the following are de-facto situations:
                (a) The more remote parts of Norway need efficient transportation to survive
                the harsh Norwegian annual weather changes.
                Hence the deal between the Norwegian State and Hurtigruten to provide the
                Coastal Service.
                (b) Hurtigruten.ASA cannot survive solely running a Coastal Service with
                minimum standards of daily operations. It needs to do Tourism stuff too, to
                stay alive and profitable.
                (c) The local provider-of services to Hurtigruten, are gaining. The ports
                authorities are eyeing the increasing Hurtigruten prosperity
                (d) Hurtigruten's increasing prosperity you say ? Why then, did the Norwegian
                duo majority owners sold out to the Brits ? Was it not the prospect of
                Hurtigruten's increasing difficulty in maintaining a profitable service in the
                Coastel Service deal with the Norwegian State?
                (e) Whatever the rights or wrongs in the struggles of the Ports vs
                Hurtigruten, and the possibility of the new British owners' profit-taking
                sellout of a thriving Cruise company, where does that leave the poor local
                populace that depend on the daily life sustaining transport of the Coastal
                Service ?
                (f) Norway's share of the North Sea Oil, will inevitably dry up.
                Norway has been embarking on new ways of maintaining its prosperity.
                Tourism must be one of the many new ways to do that.
                (g) finally from a personal interest, will a future Norwegian Coastal trip
                be the same with a new Hurtigruten sailing the new coastal ports ?
                I doubt if I would commit to sailing with Hurtigruten, if it does the same
                things as all the other Cruise companies are doing in Scandinavia.

              The dispute is not yet over but at least they are talking and Flatholmen is out (for now?): http://www.nrk.no/mr/hurtigruten-ma-...vel-1.12821757

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                Hurtigruten is back where it belongs in Aalesund.
                Here is proof:

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                  Here is a nice English language film about the history of Hurtigruten.... in case you haven't seen it yet.

                  https://youtu.be/ROmQOpgRISg

                  I sadly have to admit that my interest for Hurtigruten has declined more and more the past years.... it's not what they used to be. I do miss the old ships, and the times when they were tied up closely to the local communities along the coast as a vital and important part of the country. Things are changing, as with everything else in life and in the world.
                  With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

                  Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
                  Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com
                  Old forum: http://captainsvoyage.7.forumer.com/
                  Join us: Save the "Kong Olav" on facebook

                  Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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                    10 reasons to visit Norway by Hurtigruten: http://www.travelpulse.com/news/crui...rtigruten.html

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                      After seeing pictures of the "new and improved" interior decorations on some of the Hurtigruten ships, I can only say; "what the h*ll are they thinking?
                      If they had at least tried to copy something from the old days along the coast, it MAY have made some sense, but to copy "Bygdemuseet i Hallingdal" (or wherever) is just WRONG.

                      Admittedly I haven't visited any of the vessels with this new decor yet. In fact I may even refrain from doing so, just to maintain a picture of Hurtigruten of "old".

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